There isn’t anything more essential to life here on earth than the sun. It provides light, and warmth, and without it we would all cease to exist. The sun is reliable, too (think of that song from “Annie”: The sun’ll come out, tomorrow…), so much so that we take it for granted, the way we do a beating heart or a crying baby. Life throws enough curveballs to worry about, but at least the sun is always up there in the sky.
That’s why the report from the NOAA is so troubling. The activity on the sun in the coming years could disrupt satellites, power grids, and basically life as we know it. And life as we know it isn’t so bad. It’s far from perfect, but once things like electricity are introduced into society, there isn’t any going back to those dark days (literally) without it.
So what can be done about this? Not much, really. The sun’s gonna do what it wants to do. Some will start stockpiling guns, some will build themselves bunkers, but most (like me) will just continue on with their lives. Enjoy it while you can, because nobody knows when–and how–it’s all going to end. And it’s better that way.